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A digital herbarium for the flora of Karnataka

Rao, Sankara K and Sringeswara, AN and Kumar, Deepak and Pulla, Sandeep and Sukumar, R (2012) A digital herbarium for the flora of Karnataka. In: CURRENT SCIENCE, 102 (9). pp. 1268-1271.

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A herbarium-based database (virtual herbarium) is a referral system for plants that maximizes the usefulness of the collections. The information content of such a database is essentially built on the voucher specimens that the herbarium has in its care. The present article reports on the construction of a `virtual herbarium' for the state-wide collection of flowering plants in the Herbarium JCB housed at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, that is expected to be launched soon. The taxonomic data on each species include all information presented on the herbarium specimen label, namely species name, author citation, sub-species if any, variety if any, family, subfamily, collection number, locations, date of collection, habitat and the collector's name. The data further comprise `flora' in which the species are described. Additional information includes the nomenclature update according to `The Plant List', a detailed description, phenology, species distribution, threat status and comments on any special features of the taxon. The live images of the species provided in the database form an information synergy on the species. This initiative is the first of its kind for herbaria in peninsular India.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the Indian Academy of Sciences
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 07:20
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2012 07:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/44656

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